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Grete Weil (1906-1999). Happy, sagte der Onkel -- Criticism and interpretation, Travel writing -- Women authors -- History and criticism, Self-consciousness (Awareness) in literature
In her essay “Travel Writing and Gender,” the British scholar Susan Bassnett makes two points that are relevant in analyzing Grete Weil’s travel tales, Happy, sagte der Onkel (Happy, Said My Uncle). Bassnett remarks that “increasingly in the twentieth century, male and female travelers have written self-reflexive texts that defy easy categorization as autobiography, memoir, or travel account.” This observation certainly holds true for Grete Weil’s slim volume, and so does Bassnett’s gender-specific assertion that there is a “strand of women’s travel writing that has grown in importance in the twentieth century: the journey that leads to greater self-awareness and takes the reader simultaneously on that journey.”
Nussbaum, L. (2015). Confrontations in the New World: Grete Weil's Happy, sagte der Onkel (1968). The Sophie Journal, 3(1).